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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 27, 1997, Aiken, South Carolina 4Landfill groundbreaking this week Page IB A I K E N Bombing trial Defense could wrap up case this week 2A Braves Atlanta bats come to life in San Diego Page 6A Vol 128 No 147 Aiken South Carolina Tuesday May 271997 25t Employment Some area job growth expected Aiken can expect moderate job growth this summer according to information found in Manpowers third quarter staffing survey The Employment Outlook Survey recently issued for the months of July August and September is a measure ment of employers intentions to increase or decrease the per manent workforce based on telephone interviews with more than 16000 public and private employers in 487 US cities The latest survey indicates that of the firms polled in Aiken 16 percent expect their workforces to increase 3 per cent intend to cut back and 81 percent anticipate stables lev els to prevail Employers revealed a few more opportunities in the sur vey than three months ago when 20 percent expected to staff up while 3 percent fore saw reductions said er spokesperson Anna Smith Last summer the outlook was somewhat similar At that time 16 percent planned pay roll additions and 6 percent sought fewer workers she added Job prospects in the coming months appear best in whole trade estate and public administration Nondurable goods manufac plan to cut back The national outlook contin ues to resemble the outstand ing 198889 forecasts Among more than 16000 companies 30 percent plan staff additions 5 percent expect cutbacks 61 percent see no change and 4 percent are uncertain Index Dear Opinions 4A Deaths Mable Carson Westminster Thomas Michael Cave New Haven Conn Curtis Lee Hallman North James Henry Hallman Orangeburg Myrtle G Hankinson Aiken Patricia Horvath Edgewater Fla Joseph Tracy Jennings War renville LE Keisler North Augusta Bernice Hardy Turner North Augusta Louis D Rooster Welch Lees burg Fla Obituary notices on page 2B Ga lottery Mondays winning numbers Cash 72S 1 4087 5 2JSLMA17 Russia signs historic pact Staff photos by Ginny Post Commander Carl Kangas and Ladies Auxiliary Senior Vice President Rose Rienert place wreaths to commemorate those who have lost their lives in service to country Memorial Day 1997 Ceremonies bring patriotic messages By BENGTSON Emotions and temperatures ran high but the col ors of red white and blue did not run in the heat of Memorial Day sun Monday Hundreds of veterans in Aiken came to local cere monies with friends and family to remember Ameri cans who put their lives on the line in warfare Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh and Rep Lindsey Graham were among those honoring the living and the dead visiting the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5877 between Aiken and New Ellenton Cavanaugh who has three years of experience in the Air Force read a letter which he recently wrote to his two sons Alex 23 and Brian 15 exploring the meaning of Memorial Day He recalled the story of brothers Ed and James Hammons who served in the same Marine unit in Vietnam and received five Purple Hearts between them Ed three days from rotating back to America was critically wounded in battle and taken home for medical help Several months later James died in the Please see MEMORIAL page 3A City cool on help for Hitchcock Staff photo by Ginny South worth Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh addresses the Memorial Day gathering By THOMAS SMITH Hitchcock Rehabilitation Cen ter executive director Jane Boston sees big things on the horizon Some members of Aiken City Council however do not feel council is the body to provide financial support for the or Hitchcock is proposing a 30000 fitness and wellness center in Aiken The building that held the Spin Off skating rink on Whiskey Road would be renovated to house the facility Mrs Boston told the Aiken City Council the financial plan showed they could bring the facil ity online provided the could be obtained for renova tions At the councils April 28 meeting she proposed the possi bility of providing in assistance through con struction assistance supporting a TIF project and the coordination of other local resources In August we purchased the Aiken Athletic Club which allows us to now furnish wellness services to 2000 citizens she said Our ambitions are to pro vide a new facility on the south side which would offer greater opportunity to employers and the public in health and fitness The million dollar project includes for the 386 acre site for exercise equip ment for office furnishings for interior renova Please see CITY page 3A Nuclear weapons wont target West Associated Press PARIS Calling it a victory for reason Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a historic security agreement today with the 16 NATO allies and made a stunning pledge to no longer tar get Russian weapons at the West Everything that is aimed at countries present here all of those weapons are going to be removed the Russian president said in impromptu remarks after the signing ceremony at the Ely see Palace home of the French president Yeltsin set aside his often voiced concerns about NATOs plan to expand into Central and Eastern Europe and signed a doc setting out future much more close rela tions with the West This will determine the new quality in the relations between Russia and NATO he said in a speech at Frances ornate Elysee Palace home of the French presi dent This document will help promote stability throughout Europe Specifically he said the accord opens new opportunities for set tling crises reducing weapons of mass destruction and deflecting threats to European security With wide smiles and ing pats on the arm Yeltsin NATO Secretary General Javier Solana President Clinton and other allied leaders signed the document in a conference room richly decorated in red and gold with NATO member and Russian flags directly behind It was the same room used last year to sign the Bosnia peace accords After the agreement was signed Yeltsin shook hands with Solana and kissed his cheek Yeltsin emphasized his own positive construction of the accord saying there was an agreement not to deploy substan tial combat troops near Russias border and he said he appreciat ed NATO recognizing the prob lems of Russia Clinton said he looked forward to a new century with a new Rus sia and a new NATO Deepening our partnership today will make us all stronger and more secure he said This NATO will work with Russia not against it these are new times The veil of hostility between East and West is lifted he said Right after Clinton spoke Yeltsin took the podium again to make his announcement on Russ ian weapons It clearly took American and NATO officials by surprise It was a unilateral statement by Yeltsin the meaning of which well have to explore with the Everything that is aimed at countries present here are going to be removed Boris Yeltsin Russians Clintons national security adviser Sandy Berger said You know as much as I do he told reporters A senior administration cial said later that Yeltsin appar ently was referring to targeting of weapons rather than removing warheads In Moscow spokesmen for the Russian Defense Ministry and the Strategic Rocket Command said they had not heard about announcement and did not know what it meant Tass the Russian news agency translated Yeltsin as saying he would take the weapons off duty Under a 1994 agreement the two nations no longer aim their nuclear missiles at each other The agreement officially called the Founding Act of Mutu al Relations Cooperation and Security between the Russian Federation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization In his opening speech French President Jacques Chirac said the agreement is a fundamental act in the new organization of Europes security We will be turning the page on half a century of misunderstand ing of confrontation of division on our continent Chirac said Clinton the driving force behind NATOs plans to expand into Central and Eastern Europe was asked about perceptions that Russia will have veto power I think we all understand what were doing here and its a good thing Clinton said as the lead ers gathered to sign the agree ment in the Elysee Palace Staff photo by From skating rink to fitness center
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